A dark and electrifying novel about addiction, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a
small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a
striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his
beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are
all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same
about Reverend Jacobs -- including Jamie's mother and beloved sister,
Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret
obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic
preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from
the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar
from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living
the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his
family's horrific loss. In his mid-thirties -- addicted to heroin,
stranded, desperate -- Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound
consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the
Devil's devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
rich and disturbing novel spans five decades on its way to the most
terrifying conclusion Stephen King has ever written. It's a masterpiece
from King, in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel
Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe. @goodreads
I was thinking this book was going to be so different. When Jamie was 6
and first met the Reverend Charles Jacobs I thought he was going to be
some freaky child molester. But, that is not what happened. Everything
seemed normal with everyone in the community loving Jacobs until a
tragedy occurred and he was fired.
The story goes back and for
between years so I had to try to keep on my toes with that one. I do
like how Mr. King drew the story out until the characters were old and
some died from different things. You sort of lived a life with them.
later when Jamie has spiraled his life down to nothing, he meets Jacobs
again who helps him get back together. He also has him come on board as
his assistant with his electricity experiments. These seem great... at
first. Then so many things go wrong. It's actually pretty creepy in that
There is a really crazy ending and it makes me wonder
how all of these strange things happened. Well, there is a reference to a
book so that is probably it, but I digress.
I thought it was a pretty good book :) Just one of many in the wonderful world of King!